Commentary: Will the new Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL phones stand to the new iPhones XS and XS Max?

Apple just had an event a few weeks ago where showed their new iPhones and the new Series 4 Watch, and now it’s the turn for Google which earlier this month, officially announced that its next hardware event is on October 9th in New York City. They are probably going to be presenting the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones as well as perhaps, a new Google Pixelbook.

 

The invitation provided only a GIF with an animated “I ❤ NY” and since the heart contained a “3” is likely an indication of the Pixel 3.

We have all the details about the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max so utilizing the many Google Pixel 3 leaks; I’m going to attempt to compare them – we’ll find out how it compares with the iPhone on October, 9, the day of the Google event.

The Pixel 3 XL

Some of the leaked Pixel 3 XL images clearly show this phone with a pronounced notch as shown on the images below.

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The leaked images above also show a wallpaper with a number 3 and the same color scheme as the animated gif from Google’s event invitation. But let’s get to the specs, the new Pixel 3 XLwill feature an 8-core Qualcomm processor, assuming that’s what the Snapdragon 845 is — and an Adreno 630 GPU. The resolution appears to be 1440×2960 with a pixel density of 494; there’s evidence that the device will have just 4GB of RAM.

The Pixel 3 (non-XL)

The images leaked on the GooglePixel subreddit show a Pixel 3 with no notch, the photos also confirm stereo front-facing speakers, dual selfie cameras, and the same rear, all-glass design as the 3 XL (with a matte coating covering a good portion of it).

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This Pixel 3 appears to have a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 2160×1080 and a 2:1 aspect ratio. The battery is said to be 2,915mAh. The two front-facing cameras appear to be each 8-megapixel sensors. One has an aperture of f/1.8, the other f/2.2; Google is probably following the two-camera approach to allow for wide-angle shots.

How does it compare with the iPhones XS and XS Max?

For starters, the iPhones XS and XS Max win the screen comparison; both phones have larger screens with higher resolution than the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch display with a resolution of 2436×1125 and pixel density of 458. The iPhone XS Max includes a 6.5-inch display with a resolution of 2688×1242 and same pixel density as the iPhone XS.

The camera’s aperture is similar on both the Pixel 3 and the new iPhones, with the iPhones featuring a f/1.8 and f/2.4 apertures while the Pixel 3 has an aperture of f/1.8, and f/2.2.

Since its initial release, the Google Pixel featured a great camera, I am sure the new Pixel 3 will have an amazing camera, the phone itself has been a favorite of many since its release and I’m sure the Pixel 3 won’t dissapoint.

One difference from the iPhone is that the new Pixel’s rear shooter is just a single-lens one, but that doesn’t mean it’s not capable, as there are rumors that this camera will be capable of amazing low light shots and it also has a new Visual Core.

The price is unknown, but if we use Google Pixel’s historic pricing, it will probably be cheaper than the new iPhone XS models and also the new Galaxy Note 9 – however, it’s very possible that Google might use this as an opportunity to increase the price of this vary capable phone.

The Google Pixel 3 launch date is confirmed for October 9. Stay tuned.

How To Snapchat

Snapchat has quickly become one of the most-used applications among young people- specifically teenagers. One of the reasons I believe Snapchat has become so popular is due to the strong desire to create and share that has drastically grown within today’s society. There’s something about the application’s spontaneity and visual display that makes it all the more fun. Although Snapchat can seem a bit confusing and difficult to understand at first, you’ll come to comprehend the application more and more by reading this simple guide of the basics of Snapchat.

This is a guide on how to Snapchat. It describes step-by-step what you need to do to install and learn how to Snapchat.

Registering/Creating your Snapchat Account

The very first step to understanding Snapchat requires you to actually download the application onto your iOS or Android device. Here’s how to do it for each of the devices:

  • Android Devices: Download the app from the Google Play Store.
  • iOS Devices: Download the app from the iTunes App Store.

Once you have downloaded the app, it’s time to set it up! Here’s how to do that on your device:

  1. When you first open the application, you will automatically be taken to the Welcome Screen. Here, tap “SIGN UP”.
  2. Then tap “Email Address” and enter a valid email address. You’re  going to want to type in a valid email address just in case you ever forget your password.
  3. Tap “Password” and enter a password that is a minimum 8 characters.
  4. Once you’ve done that, choose a username. Keep in mind that this username will be your identity on Snapchat and that you won’t ever be able to change it.
  5. Here, you have the option of verifying your phone number. This would come in handy if you ever forget your password. Do keep in mind that you can always verify your phone another time if you wish.
  6. You’re basically done! Just prove that you’re a human being and then you have created your very own Snapchat account.

Settings

Snapchat has a large variety of setting options that are accessible via the settings gear icon located on the profile page. This profile page can be accessed by swiping down while at the main camera screen.Setting Wheel

  • Display Names: To create or change your display name, this is what you have to do:Tap the settings gear icon located on the profile page.
    1. Tap on “Name” under the “My Account” section.
    2. Type in the name and tap “Save” once done.
  • Privacy Settings: You are given the option to decide who can send you Snaps and see your stories. By default, only the friends you add can send you Snaps. Here’s how to change that:
    1. Tap the settings gear icon located on the profile page.
    2. Tap on “Send Me Snaps” or “View My Story” depending on what setting you would like to modify.
    3. Here, you are given the options of “Everyone”, “My Friends” and “Customize” (the “Customize” setting only applies to who can view your stories)
  • Additional Services: To change more settings and features that are set by default, this is what you have to do:Tap the settings gear icon located on the profile page.
    1. Tap on “Manage” under “Additional Services”.Additional Services
    2. Here, you can modify any of the following: Filters, Front-Facing Flash, Replay, Special Text, Power Save Mode, and # of Best Friends
    3. If you would like to enable theGeofilters, you have to allowSnapchat to access your location. Here’s how to do this foriOS and Android devices:
      • iOS Devices: Settings – Privacy – Location Services (Snapchat)
      • Android Devices: Settings – Location – Turn on

Snaps

Snaps are a very important feature of Snapchat, hence the name. Snaps refer to the picture/video messages that you are able to share with people in real-time. These Snaps are a maximum of 10 seconds and disappear once viewed, unless the person viewing it screenshots it. This is what adds to the spontaneity that people love about Snapchat. You are also given the option to save your photo/video Snap in your phone’s photo gallery before you send it to someone. To save your photo/video Snap before sending it to someone, simply tap on the box with the + plus on it located towards the bottom left-hand corner.Camera Screen

  • Create & Send Snaps: To take a photo Snap, tap the center circle button once. To record a video Snap, press and hold the center circle for as long as you want your Snap to be (with the maximum length being 10 seconds). To delete your Snap, tap the “X” button located in the top left-hand corner.
  • Drawing & Adding Caption: To draw on your Snap, tap the pen icon located in the top right-hand corner. Simply slide up and down to choose the color that you wish. Then, set the timer by tapping on the timer icon located in the bottom left-hand corner and select the amount of seconds that you’d like your Snap to last. Lastly, to add a caption tap the middle of the screen and enter text. If you’d like the text to be larger, tap on the larger “T” at the top right corner and zoom in and out to decide how big you want the text to be. (If you aren’t seeing the “T” option, then go back and read what I wrote earlier under “Additional Settings” located below the “Settings” section.)
  • View Snaps: To view a Snap that has been sent to you, tap on it once. The number in the circle shown at the top right-hand corner is the total length of Snap(s). If multiple Snaps are sent to you from the same friend, it’s viewed as a “stacked flipbook”. Tap once to skip to the next Snap or swipe downwards to exit the current Snap. To view the various Snaps individually, swipe right on the friend’s name and it will take you into the chat. Here, tap on the individual Snaps to view.

Filters

One of the things that differentiates Snapchat’s filters to others is the unique feature of Geofilters that Snapchat has. Geofilters are a great way to share where you are through filter overlays. The fun thing about these Geofilters is the different designs change from place-to-place. To learn how to enable these filter overlays, go to the “Settings” section that I’ve written above and look under the “Additional Services” section.

Chat & Video Chat

The chat feature is one of the more recently added features of Snapchat. Here’s how Snapchat’s chat works:

  • Chat: To chat with someone, swipe right on the person’s name in your Snapchat inbox. If you want to save any of the messages, make sure to tap the message or screenshot it.
  • Video Chat: When you and a friend are chatting and are Video Chatboth present, the yellow icon will turn blue. Simply press and hold to immediately send live video to the other person. When your friend also presses and holds the blue icon at the same time, you both go into a two-way video chat.

Stories

Stories are a cool feature that put Snaps together to create a story. To create a story, you just have to choose to add Snaps to your Snapchat story. Just like typical story-telling, there’s a beginning, middle, and end.

Here’s how to post a story:

  1. Take a Snap.
  2. Tap the Stories icon on the bottom left of the screen. This icon looks like a box with a + sign on it.

Here’s how to see who’s viewed your Story:

  1. Tap to the right of “My Story”.
  2. Tap on the Snap.
  3. Swipe up on the screen to see who’s viewed and screenshotted your Snap.
  4. Swipe down to exit once done.

Here’s how to delete your Story:

  1. Tap to the right of “My Story”.
  2. Tap on the Snap that you wish to delete.
  3. Tap on the “X” located at the bottom of the screen to delete the Snap.

Here’s how to view your friends’ stories: 

  1. Swipe left while on the camera screen.
  2. Tap your friend’s name to view their story. If you wish to skip to the next Snap, simply tap. If you Snapcodeswish to exit the Snapchat story, swipe down.

Friends

Adding friends on Snapchat just got a lot cooler. Snapcodes are unique, scannable codes that allows you to add friends way easier. Located at the center of your Profile Screen, you scan your friend’s Snapcode via the Snapchat camera. You can also screenshot a Snapcode and use the “Add by Snapcode” feature located on the “Add Friends” page. When someone adds you on Snapchat, you’ll see a yellow ghost icon at the top of your Snapchat camera screen. You are also given the option to add friends on your contacts list by going to your Profile. If you have read up until this point you probably know how to Snapchat now, happy chatting!

A huge thank you to Snapchat Support for being an important source of my information.

 

How To Instagram

With over 300 million monthly active users as of late 2014, Instagram has quickly become one of the most used photo sharing platforms out there. Although widely used, many still do not know how to use the many features Instagram provides and contains to their fullest. So if you’re new to Instagram or simply want to know how to use the Instagram features and settings to their potential, you’ve come to the right place. This is a step-by-step guide on how to Instagram.

Registering/Creating your Instagram Account

To begin with, you must have an iOS or Android tablet or cellular device. Just recently the Windows 8 Phone (and later models) were also given the ability to download the Instagram application. Although Instagram can be used on a web platform, it is more exclusively meant to be used on a mobile platform. That being said, you must download the Instagram application to register and create your Instagram account.

Even though your Instagram account will be set to public by default, you are given the opportunity to change the account setting to private via the settings wheel located on the profile tab. Being private on Instagram means that only the users who you approve can follow you and view your photos.

Accessing your Profile

Once you have created your Instagram account, you can change your profile picture and edit your other profile information. To change your profile picture, simply tap on the circle located at the top left corner of  your profile page. To edit your other profile information, simply click on the “Edit your Profile” button via the profile tab located on the bottom right of your Instagram tool bar.

Adding & Sharing Photos

This is a screenshot photo representing an example of what the "Social Sharing Screen" looks like. Now to the most important and fundamental part of the entire application- sharing photos!! To begin with, click the blue button with the camera icon that is located in the center of the Instagram navigation panel. Once done, you have the options of snapping a photo there or choosing a photo that is already saved to your phone. Although Instagram only allows for you to post photos in squares, there are applications like Squaready that enable you to post entire photos on Instagram without cropping any of it out.

Once you are ready to share the final product (whether it is a photo or video), click NEXT and you will be taken to the social sharing screen. Here, you can add a caption of your choice, tag people, add location, and share the photo/video to another social media network.

Adding & Sharing Videos

A newer feature that Instagram added is the video sharing feature. To share a video, click the blue button with the camera icon that is located in the center of the Instagram navigation panel. Once done, choose the video recorder option on the right. You are then given the two options of  filming at the moment or choosing (a) video(s) that’s saved to your device. To create multiple clips, lift your finger off the record button and then simply press the delete arrow if you want to delete any of the video. When choosing an existing video that is located in your phone gallery, you can either have one continuous segment or several clips put together. Once you have the entire video complete and it is ready to be shared, you are given the option to add a filter. All you have to do now is share!

Filters & Other Editing Options

This is a screenshot photo showing how to add filters to an Instagram photoA significant feature of Instagram that distinguishes itself to other photo sharing platforms is the filter feature that gives photos and videos the appearance of professional editing. Once you have taken or selected a photo/video, the many filter options appear. Along with these popular filters, you are given other editing options. For example, you are given the option to tap on the sun icon to apply the Lux effect, which works as an auto-enhancement that enriches the colors in your image. To the right of the sun icon is a small wrench icon, in which you are able to adjust the brightness, contrast, structure, warmth, saturation, and more.

Notifications

You are given a variety of options when it comes to what Instagram notifications you want to receive. These notifications can be changed by clicking on the Settings wheel icon from your profile while on your phone/tablet. There, you simply have to click on ‘Push Notification Settings’ so that you can change the manner in which you receive notifications from the Instagram application. That being said, Instagram will automatically keep track of your account activity in-app.

Other Fun Features & Applications

IMG_8253LayoutThe App Store (for Apple devices) has some other phenomenal applications that have numerous editing options for your Instagram photos/videos. For example, the latest app created by Instagram, Inc. themselves, Layout by Instagram, is a very resourceful application that allows you to put multiple photos together using a variety of unique layouts.

Although Instagram has some great filters, other apps like VSCO Cam and Afterlight have a wide range of extraordinary filters and editing resources. Applications like these, both of which have high reviews, will make your Instagram experience more exciting and fun!

IMG_8252Lastly, an application like Repost for Instagram makes reposting your favorite videos and photos on Instagram ridiculously simple! Along with this, this application does all of this while still giving credit to the original instagramer.

How to Instagram on the Web

Although it is more exclusively meant to be used on a mobile platform, Instagram has greatly improved its appearance on the web in the last couple of years. On the web platform, you can edit your profile, comment and like photos, discover, and follow other users. There is, however, one major disadvantage to using the web platform- you are not able to upload photos or videos via the website.

If you made it to this point you either skip all the way to the bottom of this article about how to Instagram, or you just learned how to Instagram! Go post some awesome photos now.

A huge thank you to a fundamental source of my information, the Instagram Help Center.

Windows Phone is outselling the iPhone in 24 countries

This month Microsoft broke these areas down country by country and confirmed exactly where Windows Phone is specifically outselling the iPhone. The list reads as follows:

Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ecuador, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

Interestingly in 14 of these markets – Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, India, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, Vietnam – Windows Phone has taken second place in the sector, stepping past former strongholds for BlackBerry and Symbian which had also previously edged out iOS.

Furthermore, the context for this data is solid. It comes from global smartphone sales in Q3 2013 by independent market analyst IDC, which also points out Microsoft only led iPhone sales in seven countries in Q3 2012. Sales are also up 156 percent during the last 12 months, triple Android’s annual growth and 6x that of iOS.

~ Gordon Kelly – Forbes

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Bought a Nokia Windows Phone in December to replace my iPhone and I have to say that I am very happy with it. The Windows Phone is ready for the US market, it has finally added some of the most popular applications to the Windows Phone store and the hardware and user interface is and feels superior than the current iPhone or Android phones.

Siri – It’s not you, it’s Cortana

“Our UI will be deeply personalized, based on the advanced, almost magical, intelligence in our cloud that learns more and more over time about people and the world,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a memo about the company’s in-development voice AI. “Our shell will natively support all of our essential services, and will be great at responding seamlessly to what people ask for, and even anticipating what they need before they ask for it.”

Windows Phone certainly needs all the help it can get — despite showing healthy growth in 2013, the smartphone market still looks an awful lot like a two-horse race between the populist Android and the more elite iOS.

Cortana, if implement across all Windows platforms, could provide some of the connective tissue that Microsoft seems eager to showcase. I’m skeptical of how magical it will actually be, though — Siri was hailed as a Google killer before she was revealed to be mostly a little program that would inaccurately Google things for you. Mildly amusing, sure. Magical, not quite.

Dave Thier – Contributor, Forbes

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Finally. “Cortana” if executed correctly could become a good reason for people to look into getting a Windows Phone, especially if they make the service useful across all of the Windows 8 and Windows 9 devices.